Jordan Mixed Open - R2

Three Tour showdown set for final round in Jordan

April 04-06
Ayla Golf Club, Aqaba, Jordan
$393,000
Co-sanction: European Challenge Tour, Staysure Tour, Ladies European Tour
Round 1, Round 3


Meghan MacLaren picked up where she left off by carding a second consecutive 65 and will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla.

Three Tour showdown set for final round in Jordan, © Getty Images

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“There’s a lot of other stuff going on, and I’m proud of the position all three Tours have put themselves in, and proud for golf as a whole for this tournament, but tomorrow is going to be completely about my own game and trying to get the best score possible out there.”

The Englishwoman, who is a champion for the strength of the women’s professional game, has carded 15 birdies and only one bogey through two rounds as her game continues to personify her larger message to the golfing world.

Sitting on 14 under par, the 23-year-old will look to make history as the first champion in mixed professional golf.

A win would be her second victory of the year, and add to her Solheim Cup points total, after she successfully defended her Women’s NSW Open title in February.

“It looks like a pretty even split with all the players making the cut, which would have been exactly what the Tour representatives and the people setting the course up would have wanted, and with a player from each Tour in the last group, they couldn’t have written it any better than that.

“I think it’s a testament to the amount of research that has gone into it and that the people running the tournament know about golf. This isn’t just some gimmick, like ‘oh let’s see if this works.’

“There’s been a lot of thought into it and I’m happy it’s playing out like this. I think that’s only going to be encouraging for the future.

“I think this shows that women’s golf has more than a leg to stand on, and if I can prove a point in that regard, then that’s an added bonus.”

“I work hard because I just love golf, it’s not really anything more than that. I guess working hard is just part of my make-up and it’s part of what makes me a good player. There’s something nice about when there’s not many people around and you know you’re putting work in, but it’s got to be work that is of benefit to you and not everybody does that.”

Two shots back of MacLaren on 12 under par is European Challenge Tour player Daan Huizing, who signed for a second round 68. The Dutchman matched the Ayla Golf Club course-record on Day One with his eight under par 64 and will now chase his own place in history in tomorrow’s final round.

“There are a couple of things I need to smooth out but I’m happy with how I’m conducting myself and I’m in a good position for tomorrow,” said Huizing. “The goal is to go out and win the thing. That is what we play for and what we practise for.

“I managed my way around quite well and the putts were good. It was the total opposite breeze today from yesterday so every hole was playing differently. The par fives, which were down wind and playing easy yesterday were into the wind today. I’ll make some notes from that. I’ve seen the course from both directions now, so whatever happens tomorrow, I’ll be prepared.”

Joining MacLaren and Huizing in the final group is 2018 Staysure Tour Rookie of the Year, Paul Streeter. The 52-year-old signed for rounds of 66-70, which puts him in a three-way tie for third place alongside Challenge Tour players Jack Senior and Oliver Farr.

“Score-wise, it was as much as I deserved,” said Streeter. “I didn’t play great and struggled a bit off the tee. I struggled with the pace of the greens and had a couple of three putts out there. Overall, I’d take that.

“Beth Allen was brilliant to play with. She’s a great golfer. She shot a few over each day but she played so much better than that. I really enjoyed it, it’s nice to see the ladies play golf, because I think I knew one female professional golfer before this week, and they’re not in the league of what Beth is, so it was great to play with her and see what she does.”

Since Streeter was the first of the three players to complete his second round, he has the honour of playing in the final grouping. As a result, one player from each cohort will engage in golf’s first three-Tour battle down the stretch as they all vie to become the inaugural winner of the Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla.

A world-first, the Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla assembled 40 players from each of the Challenge Tour, the Staysure Tour and the Ladies European Tour to compete for the same trophy.


The 36-hole cut will now reduce the field to a total of 66 players for the final round. Of those 66 players, there are 20 representing the Ladies European Tour, 21 from the Staysure Tour and 25 from the Challenge Tour.

The even split of players, and the composition of the final grouping is yet another victory for the future of mixed professional golf.

The important collection of data continued on Day Two at the Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla. Driving distances, approach shot distances, competitors’ club selections and individual hole scoring averages were recorded, and the growing data sample will once again inform the course set-up for the final round.

Challenge Tour players have been competing from approximately 7,100 yards, with Staysure Tour players playing from 6,601 yards and Ladies European Tour players from 6,139 yards. Adjustments are made each day based on wind direction and overall weather conditions.

The final round of the historic Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla begins tomorrow at 8:30 am local time, with the final grouping of MacLaren, Huizing and Streeter set to go at 12:16 pm.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Meghan MacLaren (LET)
-14
65
65
130
2
Daan Huizing (ECT)
-12
64
68
132
3
Paul Streeter (EST)
-8
66
70
136
3
Jack Senior (ECT)
-8
65
71
136
3
Oliver Farr (ECT)
-8
68
68
136
6
Francesco Laporta (ECT)
-7
69
68
137
7
Ben Stow (ECT)
-6
70
68
138
7
Scott Henry (ECT)
-6
71
67
138
7
Cormac Sharvin (ECT)
-6
68
70
138
7
Borja Virto (ECT)
-6
71
67
138
7
Oscar Lengden (ECT)
-6
70
68
138
7
Stacy Lee Bregman (LET)
-6
68
70
138
13
Matt Ford (ECT)
-5
66
73
139
13
Julia Engstrom (LET)
-5
69
70
139
13
Wil Bessling (ECT)
-5
70
69
139
13
Peter Fowler (EST)
-5
68
71
139
13
Phillip Price (EST)
-5
70
69
139
13
Jose Coceres (EST)
-5
70
69
139
13
Pep Angles (ECT)
-5
67
72
139
20
Dan Olsen (EST)
-4
70
70
140
20
Martin Simonsen (ECT)
-4
69
71
140
22
Isabelle Boineau (LET)
-3
70
71
141
22
Christine Wolf (LET)
-3
70
71
141
22
Mauricio Molina (EST)
-3
70
71
141
22
Emily Kristine Pedersen (LET)
-3
74
67
141
22
Noemi Jimenez Martin (LET)
-3
73
68
141
22
Marc Farry (EST)
-3
71
70
141
22
Lasse Jensen (ECT)
-3
70
71
141
22
Miguel Angel Martin (EST)
-3
67
74
141
22
Martin Wiegele (ECT)
-3
69
72
141
22
Magnus Atlevi (EST)
-3
71
70
141
22
Marianne Skarpnord (LET)
-3
69
72
141
22
Barry Lane (EST)
-3
67
74
141
22
Caroline Hedwall (LET)
-3
72
69
141
35
Philip Golding (EST)
-2
71
71
142
35
Michael Hoey (ECT)
-2
69
73
142
35
Markus Brier (EST)
-2
70
72
142
35
Hugues Joannes (ECT)
-2
69
73
142
39
Ursula Wikstrom (LET)
-1
74
69
143
39
Paul Maddy (ECT)
-1
70
73
143
39
Gary Evans (EST)
-1
68
75
143
39
Jonathan Lomas (EST)
-1
70
73
143
39
Darius Van Driel (ECT)
-1
71
72
143
39
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (LET)
-1
70
73
143
39
Emilio Cuartero Blanco (ECT)
-1
74
69
143
39
Olivia Cowan (LET)
-1
72
71
143
39
Glenn Joyner (EST)
-1
70
73
143
39
Silvia Banon (LET)
-1
74
69
143
39
Laura Fuenfstueck (LET)
-1
73
70
143
39
Richard Green (ECT)
-1
73
70
143
39
Florentyna Parker (LET)
-1
71
72
143
39
Calum Hill (ECT)
-1
74
69
143
39
Rafael Gomez (EST)
-1
67
76
143
39
Cesar Monasterio (EST)
-1
75
68
143
39
Gabriella Cowley (LET)
-1
70
73
143
56
Duncan Stewart (ECT)
Par
70
74
144
56
Noora Komulainen (LET)
Par
72
72
144
56
Chris Hanson (ECT)
Par
73
71
144
56
Ewen Ferguson (ECT)
Par
68
76
144
56
David Shacklady (EST)
Par
74
70
144
56
Andre Bossert (EST)
Par
72
72
144
56
Emilie Paltrinieri (LET) (a)
Par
70
74
144
56
Jonathan Cheetham (EST)
Par
74
70
144
56
Trish Johnson (LET)
Par
71
73
144
56
Clark Dennis (EST)
Par
76
68
144
56
Camilla Lennarth (LET)
Par
68
76
144
CUT Cut Round 2
F *
67
Carl Suneson (EST)
1
72
73
145
67
Henric Sturehed (ECT)
1
67
78
145
67
David Boote (ECT)
1
72
73
145
67
Steven Tiley (ECT)
1
74
71
145
67
Carly Booth (LET)
1
70
75
145
67
Sebastien Gros (ECT)
1
74
71
145
67
Max Orrin (ECT)
1
72
73
145
67
Felicity Johnson (LET)
1
72
73
145
67
Gary Wolstenholme (EST)
1
73
72
145
76
Tonje Daffinrud (LET)
2
73
73
146
76
Cajsa Persson (LET)
2
76
70
146
76
Steen Tinning (EST)
2
73
73
146
76
Lynn Carlsson (LET)
2
76
70
146
76
Mark Mouland (EST)
2
75
71
146
76
Jose Manuel Carriles (EST)
2
74
72
146
76
Christian Gloet (ECT)
2
76
70
146
76
Bryce Easton (ECT)
2
71
75
146
76
Mark Davis (EST)
2
73
73
146
85
Tim Spence (EST)
3
73
74
147
85
Diksha Dagar (LET)
3
77
70
147
85
James Kingston (EST)
3
78
69
147
85
Hannah Burke (LET)
3
73
74
147
85
Paul Eales (EST)
3
77
70
147
85
Camille Chevalier (LET)
3
74
73
147
85
Karolin Lampert (LET)
3
75
72
147
92
Scott Fernandez (ECT)
4
70
78
148
92
Steven Kelbrick (EST) (a)
4
73
75
148
92
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (LET
4
74
74
148
92
Simon Brown (EST)
4
75
73
148
92
Kylie Henry (LET)
4
74
74
148
92
Linda Wessberg (LET)
4
72
76
148
98
Beth Allen (LET)
5
75
74
149
98
Jarmo Sandelin (EST)
5
75
74
149
98
Craig Ross (ECT)
5
74
75
149
98
Peter Wilson (EST)
5
72
77
149
102
Malcolm Mackenzie (EST)
6
72
78
150
102
Manon Molle (LET)
6
71
79
150
102
Philipp Mejow (ECT)
6
76
74
150
105
Lydia Hall (LET)
7
74
77
151
105
Jose-Filipe Lima (ECT)
7
74
77
151
105
Maha Haddioui (LET)
7
76
75
151
108
Shergo Al Kurdi (ECT) (a)
8
74
78
152
108
Adrian Meronk (ECT)
8
72
80
152
108
Jean Pierre Sallat (EST)
8
76
76
152
111
Carmen Alonso (LET)
9
79
74
153
111
Chris Berardo (ECT)
9
77
76
153
111
Charlotte Leathem (LET)
9
73
80
153
114
Georgia Coughlin (LET)
10
73
81
154
114
Brendan McGovern (EST)
10
82
72
154
114
Lina Boqvist (LET)
10
81
73
154
114
Robin Dawson (ECT)
10
75
79
154
118
James Murphy (EST)
11
79
76
155
118
Othman Almulla (ECT)
11
78
77
155
120
Mark Wharton (EST)
12
75
81
156
120
Nick Mitchell (EST)
12
79
77
156
122
Mark McNeilly (EST)
14
75
83
158
123
Kelsey Macdonald (LET)
15
79
80
159